Victoria Primary School - School Brochure 2021 2022 - Falkirk Council

 
Victoria Primary School - School Brochure 2021 2022 - Falkirk Council
Victoria Primary
     School

  School Brochure
    2021 - 2022
Victoria Primary School - School Brochure 2021 2022 - Falkirk Council
Contents
Foreword from the Director of Children’s Services
Service Pledges
Welcome from the Head Teacher

1. Practical Information about the School
  • School Contact Details
  • Communicating with the School
  • School Policies

2. Parental Involvement in the School
  • School Ethos

3. School Curriculum
  • Assessment and Reporting your Child’s Progress

4. Support for Pupils
  • Transitions – Moving to a New School or Leaving
    School

5. School Improvement
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Victoria Primary School Handbook 2021-22

     A Foreword from the Director of Children’s Services
                                    Session 2021-22

This handbook contains a range of information about your child’s school which will
be of interest to you and your child. It offers an insight into the life and ethos of the
school and also offers advice and assistance which you may find helpful in
supporting and getting involved in your child’s education.

Falkirk Council is keen to work with parents, not only to allow you a greater
opportunity to contribute to your child’s education, but also to encourage you to play
a greater role in the life of the school as a whole. We offer a number of opportunities
when you will be able to make your voice heard in relation to your own child’s
education, your local school, and Children’s Services as a whole.

Throughout each school year there will be opportunities for you to discuss your
child’s progress with his/her teacher. There will also be Council-wide events for
parents organised by Children’s Services. These events are spread across the
school year and each focuses on a particular theme. The events are open to all
parents and they are also attended, wherever possible, by the Education Portfolio
Holder as well as members of the Service’s Management Team. Each session offers
parents an opportunity to ask questions about aspects of their child’s education.
Dates for these events will be issued by your child’s school and we hope you will be
able to come along and hear about, and contribute to, our plans for Education in
Falkirk.

We are pleased to introduce this handbook for session 2021/22 and trust it will
provide you with all the relevant information you may need concerning your child’s
school. If you have any queries regarding the contents of the handbook please
contact the Head Teacher of your child’s school in the first instance who will be
happy to offer any clarification required.

Robert Naylor
Directors of Children’s Services
Falkirk Council

DISCLAIMER
The information in this school handbook is considered to be correct at the time of
publication (December 2020), however, it is possible, particularly as the result of the
COVID19 pandemic, that there may be some changes/inaccuracy by the start of the
school term in August 2021.

Footnote: If you want a printed copy of this handbook, please ask the school.

It may be possible to offer some assistance in helping to translate all or part of this
handbook to parents whose first language is not English. Enquiries should be
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directed in to the Communications Officer for Children’s Services (tel: 01324
506600).

Curriculum for Excellence - Learning to Achieve
Learning Entitlements

In addition to the entitlements of Curriculum for Excellence our education
provisions will reflect local needs and circumstances. Therefore, at different
stages of their education, our learners will have opportunities to:

       •   Link aspects of their learning to the local environment and its heritage
       •   Participate on a residential experience where possible
       •   Participate in arts, sports and cultural events
       •   Participate in environmental projects
       •   Participate in a community project
       •   Participate in outdoor learning experiences
       •   Access appropriate technology
       •   Be consulted on and contribute to the decision making process in school
       •   Experience work based learning
       •   Develop collaborative, social, leadership and other life skills
       •   Access academic and vocational learning experiences
       •   Access learning experiences designed and / or delivered by relevant
           partners
       •   Reflect upon and be proactive in planning and making choices about their
           own learning
       •   Engage with learners in other countries and demonstrate knowledge of
           their culture.

How can you help?
By law, you must make sure your child receives education.
As a parent, you can help your child by:

       •   making sure your child goes to school regularly;
       •   encouraging and supporting your child with any homework given;
       •   showing that you are interested in how your child is getting on at school;
       •   encouraging your child to respect the school and the whole school
           community; and
       •   being involved in the life and work of the school.

Throughout this handbook the term ‘parent’ has the meaning attributed in the
Standards in Scotland's Schools Act 2000 and the Scottish Schools (Parental
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Involvement) Act 2006. This includes grandparents, carer or anyone else who has
parental responsibility for the child.
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Welcome from the Head Teacher –
Welcome to the Victoria Primary School & Early Learning and Childcare Class
Handbook.

This handbook offers an introduction to our school and a general overview of the
education your child will be getting at school.

If you have any questions, or would like any further information on any aspect of this
handbook or the education of your child, please do not hesitate to contact me.

To make our handbook easy to use I’ve divided the information into five different
sections:-

Section One – Practical Information about the School
This section provides you with some background information on our school (and our
nursery). It tells you how our school day and school year are made up and how to
contact the school if, for example, your child is ill.

This section deals with the practical aspects of your child’s attendance at our school.
It provides details on such things as:
    • travelling to and from school
    • school meals and milk
    • financial assistance with school clothing, transport and school meals
    • school closures in an emergency or unexpectedly for any reason
    • general supervision available for your child in the morning and at lunchtime
    • wet weather details
    • how the school communicates with parents
    • how to complain if you are not happy about something.

As with any organisation, to ensure smooth running and appropriate maintenance of
standards, a range of procedures, guidelines and policies have to be implemented
within our school.

If you would like to see a full copy of policies or to discuss them in more detail,
please contact me. Most of these policies are available on the council website –
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Section Two – Parental Involvement in the School
Parental involvement is very important as we know it helps children do better in
school.

This section contains information about how parents can be involved in supporting
learning at home as part of a home – school partnership.

You can also find out more about the ethos of the school, what our values are and
our aspirations for our pupils including how we celebrate pupil success, and links we
have with partner organisations and the wider local, national and international
community.

Lastly, it includes information on our Parent Teacher Association/Parent Association
and Parent Council, how to contact them and how parents can get involved in the life
and work of the school.

Section Three – School Curriculum
This section describes how the curriculum is planned and delivered in the school
including the range of subjects and subject areas your child will be learning. It also
includes information on how pupils develop skills for learning, life and work, including
literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in and out of the classroom.

As well as giving you information about the statutory curriculum requirements we
have included details on sports and outdoor activities available to pupils and the
range of facilities available within the school.

Details of how parents will be informed about sensitive aspects of learning e.g.
relationships, sexual health, parenthood and drugs awareness are included as well
as information about religious instruction and observance and arrangements for
parents who wish to exercise their right to withdraw their child.

This handbook also tells you how we will report on your child’s progress and what
written reports may be sent out to parents.

Section Four – Support for Pupils
This section gives information about how pupils’ additional support needs will be
identified and addressed and the types of specialist services provided within our
school. This handbook also explains who to contact for more information if you think
your child has additional support needs.

This section also gives information about transition – from primary school to
secondary school – what the arrangements are and contact details of the catchment
high school to which our pupils normally transfer. There are also details about
making a placing request to another school.
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Section Five – School Improvement
The section gives you an overview of the main achievements of the school within the
last 12 months and performance information relating to literacy, numeracy and health
and wellbeing.

Whilst Falkirk Council is happy to provide this information we do have some
reservations that the publication of raw statistics, without any kind of informed
qualification, can be misleading to the reader. In particular, they should not be
construed as offering an indication of the quality of education provided in any of our
schools.

We have also shown where you can get further information about our plans for the
next three years to improve our performance and how the school will involve parents
in that improvement.

I hope you find all of the above information helpful and self-explanatory. If you have
any queries about any of the information contained in this handbook, or indeed about
any aspect of our school, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Shelagh Todd
Acting Headteacher
Victoria Primary School & Early Learning and Childcare Class
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Section One – Practical Information about the School –
Contact Details
Name of Head Teacher: Shelagh Todd (Acting)

Name of School: Victoria Primary School & Nursery Class

Address: Middlefield Road, Falkirk, FK2 9HF

Telephone Number: 01324 508600

Website: www.victoria.falkirk.sch.uk

E-mail Address: victoriaprimaryschool@falkirk.gov.uk

About the school
Stages of Education provided for: Ante-pre & Pre School Early Learning and
Childcare Class, P1-7

Present Roll: Early Learning and Childcare Centre- 56; School- 350

Denominational Status of the School (if any) Non Denominational

Gaelic Medium Education? No

Single sex school? No

Organisation of the School Day
Early Learning and Childcare Centre: 9am – 3pm

Primary 1 pupils attend school on a full-time basis after the first week.

Start Time:9:00am

Morning Break:10:30-10.45AM

Lunch Time:12:15-1pm

Finish Time: 3pm for Primary 1-7

Gym days for pupils are advised termly to parents/carers from the class
teachers. All children have 2 hours of PE per week.
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                     FALKIRK COUNCIL: CHILDREN’S SERVICES

                       Agreed Term Dates for Session 2021-2022

                                                                                  Days
               School Year                             Term Dates             Staff Pupils

Autumn Term Begins (Staff Only - Dev Day)     Monday 16 August 2021
                   (Staff Only - Dev Day)     Tuesday 17 August 2021
Autumn Term Begins (Pupils)                   Wednesday 18 August 2021
Autumn Term Ends                              Friday 08 October 2021             39        37

Winter Term Begins (Staff Only - Dev Day)     Monday 18 October 2021
Winter Term Begins (Pupils)                   Tuesday 19 October 2021
Winter Term Ends                              Tuesday 21 December 2021           48        47

Spring Term Begins                            Wednesday 05 January 2022
Spring Term Ends                              Friday 01 April 2022               59        58

Summer Term Begins                            Tuesday 19 April 2022
Summer Term Ends                              Friday 24 June 2022                49        48

                                                                                195       190

Term Time Public Holidays                   Staff Development Days

Monday 13 September 2021                    Monday 16 August 2021
Friday 11 February 2022                     Tuesday 17 August 2021
Monday 14 February 2022                     Monday 18 October 2021
Monday 02 May 2022                          Tuesday 15 February 2022
                                            Thursday 05 May 2022
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Registration and enrolment
The date for registration of new school entrants is advertised in all local nurseries, the
local press and on the council’s website www.falkirk.gov.uk. Pupils should be registered
in only one school for their catchment area. Parents will be provided with information
about the school, when they register their child.

Pupils who are baptised Roman Catholic are automatically entitled to enrol at the
denominational catchment school. All other pupils must make a placing request to attend
a denominational school.

Parents who want to send their child to a school other than the catchment school must
make a placing request. Please refer to section four of this handbook for more
information on placing requests.

Parents of pupils who have moved into the catchment area or, who wish their child to
transfer to the school, should contact the school office for information.

Attendance and absence
It is the responsibility of parents of a child of school age to make sure that their child is
educated. Most do this by sending their child to school regularly. Attendance is recorded
twice a day, morning and afternoon.

Absence from school is recorded as ‘authorised’ i.e. it has been approved by the
education authority, or as ‘unauthorised’ i.e. the absence remaining unexplained by the
parent.
Please let the school know by letter, email to the school’s generic address or phone if
your child is likely to be absent. If there is no explanation from a child’s parents / carers,
the absence will be regarded as unauthorised.

Please make every effort to avoid family holidays during term time as this disrupts your
child’s education and reduces learning time. In certain extreme situations, the head
teacher can approve absence from school for a family holiday for example, in traumatic
domestic circumstances where the holiday would improve the cohesion and wellbeing of
the family. Please discuss your plans with the head teacher before the holiday. If the
head teacher does not give permission before the holiday, it will be recorded as
unauthorised absence. The head teacher may also exercise discretion when a parent
can prove that work commitments make a family holiday impossible during school
holiday times. Normally, your employer will need to provide evidence of your work
commitments. Absence approved by the head teacher on this basis is regarded as
authorised absence.

Parents from minority ethnic and/or religious communities may request that their children
be permitted to be absent from school to celebrate recognised religious and/or cultural
events. Absence approved by the head teacher on this basis is regarded as authorised
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absence. Extended leave can also be granted on request for families returning to their
country of origin for cultural or care reasons.

A supportive approach is taken to unexplained absence. However the education authority
has legal powers to write to, interview or prosecute parents, or refer pupils to the
Reporter to the Children’s Panel.

School Meals
Primary and Secondary Menus offer healthy and tasty meal options whilst reflecting the
Scottish Government food and drink legal requirements for School Lunches. Special
diets and allergies are usually accommodated subject to consultation with the
parent/guardian and the regional dietician. Primary School Menus provide 3 daily choices
with High Schools providing a range of plated meals, pasta, meal deals and salad boxes.
Meal prices are reviewed annually. Please contact the school to be advised of the current
price.

All P1-3 pupils are entitled to a free school meal. In the case of P4-P7 and secondary
aged pupils, some families may be eligible to apply to Falkirk Council for provision of free
school meals. Further details can be obtained from your child’s school.

   o Payment is made through iPay Impact
   o Packed lunches are eaten within the dining hall, outside at the picnic tables when
     weather permits
   o Breakfast Club is accessed from 8:15-8:45am, there’s no need to book a place.
   o Children will either return to the playground or classroom if the weather in
     inclement.
   o We encourage a healthy lunch. No fizzy drinks or glass bottled drinks to be
     brought to school.

School Dress Code
Parents are asked to co-operate with the school in encouraging their child to follow the
school’s dress code.

All schools have a dress code, which includes the school’s policy on uniform. The
wearing of uniform is encouraged as it helps to:
    • develop a school community spirit
    • improves school security by making non-pupils more easily identifiable
    • allows pupils to be easily identified when out of the school, e.g. on trips
    • enhances the school’s reputation within the community; and
    • minimises rivalry and bullying amongst pupils that can arise from, for example, the
       wearing of designer clothing.

The school’s dress code has been agreed in consultation with parents, pupils, staff and
the Parent Council. This consultation has ensured that the dress code meets the needs
of the school community, allows pupils to participate in all aspects of school life and is
age appropriate.
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 Uniform with the school logo can currently be purchased through BeSchoolwear in
 Newmarket Street, Falkirk. Other department stores stock the school colours, royal
 blue for jumper/sweatshirt/cardigan, white for polo shirt and white for school shirt.

The appropriate clothing and footwear for PE is a white T-shirt, shorts and gym shoes
with non-marking soles. These are necessary for health and safety reasons and your co-
operation is requested to ensure that pupils are equipped to participate in the PE
lessons.

Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled, particularly ties, sweat
shirts and PE equipment, which are often lost. A protective apron or an old shirt should
be worn for art and craft activities. Please help the school and the education authority by
making sure that pupils do not bring valuable or expensive items of clothing to school.

In certain circumstances, appropriate clothing will be necessary for school activities for
safety reasons, e.g. in games areas, science laboratories and technical workshops; this
extends to the wearing of suitable footwear and even, on occasion, to the length of
pupils’ hair and the wearing of jewellery and earrings.

Offensive clothing such as T-shirts or other items featuring inappropriate language or
illustrations is not permitted. Football colours are also inappropriate as they can lead to
incidents of rivalry.

If you have any queries regarding the school’s dress code, please contact the
Headteacher.

Free School Meals and Clothing Grants
Some families may be eligible to apply to Falkirk Council for free school meals and / or a
payment towards the cost of footwear and clothing.

You can get more information, and apply online at www.falkirk.gov.uk/fsm. You can also
contact 01324 506999, or visit our One Stop Shops or the Advice and Support Hub.

Medically Prescribed Diets
Parents/Carers with a child/ren on a medically prescribed diet should contact the
Headteacher in order to obtain and complete a prescribed diet referral and declaration
form. The Schools Meals Service will only accommodate a child/ren with a medical
referral diagnosed by a medical professional.

School Clothing Grant
Falkirk Council can also provide assistance with the cost of school clothing and footwear.
Clothing grants are available for children who live in the Falkirk Council area and who are
in compulsory education at any of our primary, special or secondary schools. Pupils
attending some special schools outside the area may also be eligible for this grant.
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School clothing grants are not available to children attending nursery schools, nursery
classes or other pre-5 centres.
The School Clothing Grant is means tested. To be eligible, parents or guardians must
meet one of the following criteria:
   • In receipt of Income Support, or

    •   In receipt of Income-based Job Seekers Allowance, or

    •   In receipt of Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or

    •   In receipt of Child Tax Credit only with a gross annual income below £16,105, or

    •   In receipt of Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with a gross annual income
        below £16,105

Payments are paid directly into the parent or guardian’s bank account.

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Travel to and from School
Parents should remind their child(ren) that, in the interests of safety, good behaviour is
expected from all pupils travelling on school transport.

Children should be reminded by parents that, wherever possible, they should only cross
the road where there is a crossing patrol and should exercise care on walking to and
from school.

Parents are requested, when dropping off/collecting children from school,that they do not
park near the pedestrian exit or in any location which causes an obstruction and they
take care not to restrict the view of the school crossing patrol.

Transport for Primary and Secondary School Children
(Excluding Placing Requests)
Free school transport is provided to and from your home address to your child’s
catchment school if they are distance entitled. Falkirk Council operate a more generous
distance entitlement policy than required by law.
Distance entitled children are:

    ✓ All children under 8 years of age who live one mile or over from their catchment
      school by the nearest available safe walking route*.
    ✓ All children 8 years of age or over who live two miles or over from their catchment
      school by the nearest available safe walking route*.

        *Note – a “safe walking route” assumes that the pupil is accompanied by a
        responsible adult.

Concessions, details of times of operation, criteria and application forms are available
from the Transport Planning Unit within Falkirk Council. Tel: 01324 504724 / 504966.
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Pickup points
Where home to school transport is provided, some pupils will require to walk a
reasonable distance from home to the transport pick-up point but this should not exceed
the authority’s agreed limit of 1 mile.

It is the parent's responsibility to make sure that their child arrives at the pickup point on
time and behaves in a safe and acceptable manner while boarding, travelling in and
leaving the vehicle. Children who misbehave can lose their right to home to school
transport.

General Supervision
Before school begins supervision is very limited, therefore pupils should not arrive at
school until as near to the school start time as possible.

During intervals school helpers supervise the children. In addition the Headteacher and
Janitor are on call to cope with any difficulties which may arise. There is always access
to the building and the children are made aware of this. For further information on these
arrangements, please contact the school.

School security
Falkirk Council has introduced procedures to ensure the safety and security of pupils and
staff when attending or working in a school. We use a number of security measures
including a visitors’ book, badges and escorts, while visitors are within the school
building. Normally, anyone calling at a school for any reason, will be asked to report to
the school office. The school staff then can make the necessary arrangements for the
visit.

Wet Weather Arrangements

Pupils should come to school suitably dressed for inclement weather as they will be
outside unless there is a health and safety issue or the rain is extremely heavy. In severe
wet weather pupils are allowed into school during breaks and at lunchtime. However, as
supervision during these periods is limited, it is especially important that they exercise
good behaviour. Children having school lunches may remain in school during wet
weather but, again, supervision is limited.

Parents Meetings
All of our schools offer opportunities for parents to discuss their child's progress with
teachers through arranged meetings. Arrangements vary from school to school but all
parents will be advised of when these meetings will take place. In addition to these set
dates, parents are able to contact the school at any time to ask for information or for a
meeting. Please see section two of this handbook for more details on home / school
partnership.
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Communication with Home
From time to time you will receive important and routine communications from the school
via variety of methods (school app, email, group call, social media etc.). Parents are also
encouraged to check their child’s schoolbag for these communications. Enquiries of any
kind should be addressed to the class teacher in the first instance.
Teachers have SeeSaw for all of their classes and this is the preferred method of
communication between school and home.

Unexpected Closures
Most closures will be notified to you in writing, in advance, but there are occasions when
the children may be dismissed early without warning, e.g. as a result of power cuts or
severe weather. In the event of an early school closure please ensure that your child
knows where to go if you are not usually at home during the day. To help us keep you
informed it is important that you make sure we have the most up to date emergency
contact information for your family. We will keep in touch using text messaging, via the
Falkirk Council website or via information broadcast on Central FM.

Mobile devices
Parents provide their children with mobile devices for a variety of reasons, including
supporting learning and for personal safety. It is the right of parents to allow their child to
have a personal mobile device in school. However, if devices are brought to school there
must be a clear understanding that the individual pupil is responsible for the care and
usage of their device(s).
Education establishments develop their own mobile device policies in consultation with
pupils, parents and staff. For more information on this topic, please contact your child’s
school.

ICT Acceptable Use Policy
Falkirk Council Children’s Services recognises that access to Information and
Communications Technology (ICT) equipment and services helps young people to learn
and develop skills that will prepare them for work, life and citizenship in the 21st Century.

To support this, we provide resources for pupils and staff to use. The Children’s Services
ICT Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) outlines the guidelines and behaviours that pupils are
expected to follow when using school equipment or when using personally-owned mobile
devices in Falkirk Council establishments. The purpose of this is to protect young people
online and to protect the Council’s network and equipment. The ICT Acceptable Use
Policy (AUP) will be issued by the school for both parent(s) and pupil(s) to sign.

Equality
The council is required to work towards advancing equality of opportunity for all people
and to foster good relations between people. The council is committed to eliminating
discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, religion2/belief,
age, marriage or civil partnership, transgender status, pregnancy/maternity or poverty.

Children’s Services have a range of policies and procedures to address equalities issues
specific to education to enable us to fulfil these duties. In addition to this all education
establishments have a responsibility to report incidents of prejudice-based bullying in line
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with our recently updated Anti-Bullying Policy: ‘Promoting Positive Relationships in
Falkirk’s Educational Establishments’.

English as an Additional Language
As part of the Additional Needs Service, the Council provides a support service for
children who have English as an additional language. The service visits schools to work
with those bilingual pupils who require assistance in developing English language skills.

Compliments, Enquiries and Complaints Procedure
Falkirk Council Children’s Services would like you to be completely satisfied with your
child's education. We encourage feedback on our services from parents, pupils and
members of the public. We are interested in feedback of all kinds, whether it be
compliments, enquiries or complaints.

Sometimes, parents/carers may feel that the services provided are not what they wished
for and they may wish to complain. As a Council of the Future, we are encouraged to
view complaints positively. If you have a complaint about the service provided by the
school, please let us know as this enables us to resolve any issues you or your child are
experiencing and helps us to make any improvements to service delivery.

How do I complain?
Complaints can be made to schools in writing, by email, on the telephone, in person or
by using the Falkirk Council online complaints form on the website.

Who do I complain to?
Parents must first consult the school regarding their complaint.

What happens with my complaint?
All complaints are logged confidentially on our Customer First online complaints handling
system. They will be monitored exclusively by each school and Children’s Services staff
at Sealock House to ensure any response is within the timescales. This system will
enable us to learn from complaints to prevent similar issues arising in future. We will deal
with your complaint confidentially and as quickly as possible. If we have made a mistake
we will apologise and try to put things right.

How long will it take until I get a reply?
Our aim is to respond within 5 working days to front line complaints, (Stage 1) although
issues can sometimes be complex and the school may need time to investigate them.

What happens next?
If your complaint has not been satisfactorily resolved by the school, it may be eligible for
consideration at the second, investigation stage by Children’s Services headquarters at
Sealock House. Complaints will not be considered by Children’s Services unless they
have been first reported to the school – unless there are exceptional circumstances. Our
aim is to respond to second stage complaints within 20 working days.

Who else can help?
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If you remain dissatisfied after the second, investigation stage, you can raise the matter
with the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman
https://www.spso.org.uk/complain/form/start/

You should also be aware that you have the right to raise concerns with your local
Councillor, MSP or MP.

What else do I need to know?
Please note that schools can only respond to complaints about a service that they or
Falkirk Council provides or a service we have contracted from a third party.
The Council’s complaints handling procedure sets a time limit for making a complaint of
six months from when the customer first knew of the problem
You can find out more about the Council’s Complaint Procedure from the Falkirk Council
website - http://www.falkirk.gov.uk/contact-us/complaints/

School Health Service
NHS Forth Valley has a statutory obligation to provide a health service for all school age
children in Falkirk District. The aim of the service is to make sure that all children,
throughout their school years, are in the best possible health to benefit from their
education

The Public Health Nursing Team for Schools offer health assessments and reviews,
health screening and deliver school based immunisation programmes. The team
comprises of Public Health Nurses (Specialist Practitioner), Registered Nurses and
Healthcare Assistants who are based in a local Health Centre and work over a number of
schools in the area.

Pupils, parents/carers can request a health appointment at any time. Other health
professionals and teaching staff can also request a health appointment for the child or
young person with parental and or young person’s consent.

Health reviews will take place as necessary involving a parent questionnaire, a check of
health records and if required screening of growth and vision.

   •   Health screening – All children in primary one and at other selected stages will be
       seen to have their growth and vision checked
   •   Immunisations – Secondary school pupils are offered immunisations. At the
       appropriate time information booklets and consent forms will be issued.
   •   Health Education – The Public Health Nursing Team has an important role in
       encouraging health lifestyles, working closely with teaching staff, pupils,
       parents/carers and the community.

The School Doctor (Community Paediatrician) may also offer appointments to children
who have a significant ongoing medical or developmental condition affecting their
education. School staff and parents can request a consultation with the School Doctor at
any time.

The School Health Service can be contacted on – 01786 434059
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The Public Dental Service carries out dental inspections in Primary 1 and Primary 7 and
can help access dental services for those children who are not registered with a Dentist.

Infectious Diseases

Colds, flu and gastroenteritis are the most common infections affecting children of school
age. It is important that you keep your child off school in the early stages of flu and while
they still have diarrhoea.

It is also important that your child understands how to prevent picking up and spreading
such infections. You will be able to get further advice about good health from staff in your
Health Centre or GP Practice.

For advice about early detection and treatment for other infectious diseases e.g.
chickenpox and mumps, please consult your GP or Nurse.

Head Lice
Head lice are spread through head to head contact at home, while playing or in school.

Regular wet combing of your child’s hair using a head lice detection comb is the best way
to catch this possible problem at an early stage.

The only way to be sure that your child has head lice is to find a live louse. If you find live
lice, get the correct lotion from your doctor, health visitor or pharmacist. Shampoos and
other treatments are not effective.

One treatment is two applications of the treatment lotion, seven days apart. If this is not
followed then re-infection is likely.

Advise family members and close friends that your child has head lice and that they
should check their own hair. Only treat if live lice are found. Don’t be shy about advising
others of this possible problem because you would likely tell family and friends about
other infections which might affect them.

Regular wet combing of your child’s hair with the head lice detector comb is the best
protection as it allows you to detect the condition and treat it speedily.

Further advice can be obtained from the Health Board head lice leaflet which is available
in all schools and health centres. Children’s Services leaflet ‘Frequently Asked
Questions’, which is also available in schools.

If you would like to discuss your particular concerns, you could speak to:
Infection Control Service
Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Stirling Road
Larbert
FK5 4WR
01324 567490 / 01324 567679
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Clinics

From time to time some children are asked to attend clinics (eye clinics, dentist, doctor,
etc). Please inform the school of these visits and arrange for your child to be collected if
he/she must leave school to attend the clinic.
No child will be allowed away from school during school hours unless accompanied by a
responsible adult or unless written permission to do so has been given by the parent.

Protecting Children and Young People
All children have a right to be protected from harm, abuse and neglect. The vision of the
Forth Valley Child Protection Committee is that “It’s everyone's job to make sure that
children in the Forth Valley are safe."

Children’s Services have an important role in identifying children who have been abused
or are at risk of being abused.

Falkirk Council has clear procedures for all staff to follow. Headteachers or designated
member of staff are instructed to notify Falkirk Council and Children’s Services when a
member of staff has a suspicion that a child might have been abused or be at risk of
abuse.

Children’s Services will make a decision on whether or not an investigation is necessary
and will advise accordingly. In every situation, the welfare of the child overrides other
considerations.

Medicine administration
The administration of medicines prescribed by a family doctor is undertaken at the
discretion of the Headteacher but schools are generally happy to co-operate with parents
in doing so. In order to safeguard the health and safety of children, procedures are drawn
up by Falkirk Council Children’s Services.

When a child is prescribed medication by a doctor or a dentist and parents require the
school to administer this, the relevant request Form should be completed. The MED 1
Form requires parents to deliver the medication to schools for administration by school
staff. MED 4 Form permits pupils to carry and administer medication themselves e.g.
inhalers. Prescribed medication should be clearly marked with your child’s name, the
date prescribed, how often it has to be taken and for how long.
Falkirk Council liability insurance does not provide indemnity to employees for
administering non- prescribed medicines.

For medical appointments during school hours, please notify the school by letter and
collect your child from the school.
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                 Insurance Cover for School Children

                                    Public Liability

Personal Injury

Falkirk Council has in place a Public Liability policy which operates in respect of
claims for injury to any school child whilst under the care of the Council or
employees, however the onus is on the claimant to prove that the Council has been
legally negligent.

Pupil’s Property

Each session, unfortunately but inevitably, pupil’s property is lost, damaged or stolen
from school. Parents are therefore discouraged from allowing their children to carry
expensive items of personal belongings to the school and are reminded that a
standard household policy can be extended to provide a degree of cover for personal
items taken away from the home. Falkirk Council are not legally responsible for lost,
damaged or stolen items unless specifically entrusted to a staff member.

Any claim made for loss or damage to the property left in the care of the school will
have to be submitted, in the first instance to Children’s Services, and the claim will
only be settled if it is shown that the Council can be shown to be legally liable for the
loss.

         Travel and Personal Accident Cover – Educational Excursions

The Council has in force travel and personal accident cover for school children under
which compensation is payable in the circumstances below, irrespective of legal
liability.

    1. Death                                             £30,000

    2. Permanent Total/Partial Disablement               up to £30,000

The insurance applies to any activities involving a journey outside the premises of the
School – both in the UK and overseas – organised by the school/Council.
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Section Two – Parental Involvement in the School
Parents Welcome
All Falkirk Council schools welcome and encourage parental involvement and
engagement. Research has shown that when parents are involved children do better
in school.
Falkirk Council Children’s Services and all of our schools work and collaborative with
parents in the spirit of the recently published national action plan - “Learning
together”: Scotland’s national action plan on parental involvement, parental
engagement, family learning and learning at home 2018 – 2021’. The plan can
be accessed here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/learning-together-scotlands-
national-action-plan-parental-involvement-parental-engagement/. In light of this new
plan, Falkirk Council Children’s Services are currently updating our Parental
Involvement and Engagement Strategy in consultation with parents. This will detail a
series of actions which we plan to take over a three year period to improve parental
engagement with schools and the service and help to break down barriers which
many parents experiencing when trying to become involved in the life and work of
the school.

Parentzone Scotland is a unique website for parents and carers in Scotland, from
early years to beyond school. The website provides up-to-date information about
learning in Scotland, and practical advice and ideas to support children’s learning at
home in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing and science. Information is also
available on Parentzone Scotland regarding additional support needs, how parents
can get involved in their child’s school and education. Furthermore, the website has
details about schools including performance data for school leavers from S4-S6; and
links to the national, and local authority and school level data on the achievement of
Curriculum for Excellence levels. Parentzone Scotland can be accessed at
https://education.gov.scot/parentzone.
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Parental Involvement
 At Victoria Primary School & Early Learning and Childcare Centre we view
 parent/carers as the prime educator. Throughout the session you will be invited to
 various events where your child/ren will be able to share their learning with you
 such as assemblies, ‘sharing our learning’ open afternoons, reading breakfasts
 etc. Each class teacher will keep parents updated about what their pupils are
 learning through twitter, school app and Seesaw and there will be links to helpful
 websites so parents can further support learning at home. Twice a year parents
 have the opportunity to meet with their child/ren’s class teacher(s) to discuss their
 individual learning in more depth.

 We highly value the partnerships we have with our parents and we ensure that we
 are responsive to any query from a parent whether that be via phone call or
 through a meeting.

Parent Councils
Parents are welcomed to be:
• involved with their child’s education and learning;

•   be active participants in the life of the school

•   express their views on school education generally and work with the school.
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All parents / carers are automatically members of the Parent Forum at this school.
As a member of the Parent Forum all parents should –

•   receive information about the school and its activities;

•   hear about what partnership with parents means in our school;

•   be invited to be involved in ways and times that suit you;

•   identify issues you want the Parent Council to work on with the school;

•   be asked your opinion by the Parent Council on issues relating to the school and
    the education it provides;

•   work collaboratively with the school; and

•   enjoy taking part in the life of the school in whatever way possible.

Parent Councils are the formal representative body for parents / carers with children
attending school. Parent Councils are different in each school to enable them to
meet the needs of parents / carers locally.

The Parent Forum decides how their representatives on the Parent Council are
chosen and how the Parent Council operates. Parents / carers are encouraged to
volunteer or put themselves forward to be chosen as representatives of the Parent
Council if they wish.

The main aims of the Parent Council are:
   • To support and work collaboratively with the school in its work with pupils
   • To seek and represent the views of parents
   • To promote contact between the school, parents, pupils, providers of nursery
     education and the community
   • To report to the Parent Forum
   • To be involved in the appointment of senior promoted staff in the school.
   • To raise funds for the school for the benefit of pupils (in some schools the
     PTA/PA fulfils this role).
   • To be included in School Improvement Planning

 Name of Parent Council: Victoria Voices

 Chairperson: Margaret Wilson

 Email address: victoriavoices@yahoo.com

 Twitter: @VictoriaVoices

 Facebook: www.facebook.com/VictoriaVoices
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For more information on parental involvement and engagement or to find out about
parents as partners in their children’s learning, please contact the school or visit the
Parentzone website at https://www.education.gov.scot/parentzone/

Citizenship Groups
 At Victoria Primary School each child and member of staff is part of a Citizenship
 Group in order to lead the school within this area and ensure there is action across
 the school.
 Our groups include Learning for Sustainability, Fundraising, Equalities,
 Languages, Sports Council, Digital Learning, Library and Victoria Pupil Voices.
 Each group is led by children who chair with the support of staff. All Citizenship
 Groups also have a small budget in order to support their work.
 Pupil voice is embedded in our daily practice; every child is a member of a house
 through which we have regular cross age group discussion.

School Ethos

 Working together...
 ..to provide a broad, balanced, progressive and coherent curriculum to suit the
 needs of all our pupils
 ..to promote high standards of achievement through the setting of challenging but
 attainable targets
 ..to meet the needs of all pupils through quality in the learning and teaching
 process
 ..to provide an inclusive education for all pupils that meet their academic, physical
 and social needs
 ..to maintain an attractive, welcoming and safe environment in which all member of
 the community are valued
 ..to ensure the provision of a range of appropriate resources in all areas of school
 life
 ..to promote a culture of management that encourages a team approach and self-
 evaluation

Development of pupils’ mental, social and emotional
wellbeing
The school is committed to supporting the development of the whole child and as a
result, wishes to encourage their holistic wellbeing.

Mental, social and emotional wellbeing is supported in the following ways;

   •   Creating a school ethos which, in every way possible, gives value to these
       aspects of development, especially by providing an environment which is both
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       caring and challenging and which provides opportunities for exercising rights
       and responsibility.

   •   Ensuring that staff and adults in the school act as positive role models for pupils.

   •   Providing opportunities for members of the school community to come together
       reinforcing shared values.

   •   Providing rich opportunities across all areas of the curriculum to develop
       mental, social and emotional wellbeing.

   •   Taking every opportunity within the curriculum and across the wider work of the
       school to celebrate diversity and promote equality.

Pupil Conduct
A partnership between the school and family is necessary to ensure the best
possible standards of pupil conduct.

Pupils are expected to set themselves high standards in appearance and behaviour.
School rules are devised to encourage the maximum amount of self-discipline. The
rules make clear what is expected of pupils, and how they are required to behave.
The general aim is to produce an atmosphere of friendly co-operation, encouraging
respect and consideration for other persons and for property. A behavioural
agreement is included in the School Enrolment Form that parents complete when
enrolling their child(ren).

 At Victoria Primary school & Early Learning and Childcare Centre we promote
 positive behaviour based on the following 3 consistencies;
                                      Be ready
                                    Be respectful
                                   Be responsible

 These 3 rules are evident throughout our school and pupils and staff will refer to
 them through restorative discussions around positive behaviour.

Restorative Approach To Bullying Behaviour
Whilst many believe that children who display bullying behaviour should be
punished, it is widely accepted that this type of response can at times be ineffective,
and make the situation worse.

The adoption of restorative approaches is evidenced to be a more effective response
than traditional methods. Pupils are given the opportunity to accept responsibility for
their actions, recognise the harm done and are supported to find restorative
responses to the harm they have caused.
There are times where sanctions are appropriate; exclusion is seen as a last resort
and carried out when incidents fall within the legislation criteria.
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Falkirk Council has a responsibility to provide an education for all pupils and to
challenge and address bullying behaviour. Whilst appropriate action will be taken by
the school, it is also important that all parent/carers, work with the school to resolve
any issues in the best interests of their child or young person.

Parents can access Falkirk Council’s Anti-Bullying Policy, ‘Promoting Positive
Relationships in Falkirk’s Educational Establishments; on the Council website:
www.falkirk.gov.uk/services/schools-education/policies-strategies/anti-bullying-
policy.aspx
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At Victoria Primary School and Early Learning Centre we regularly ask our
pupils what they think about their school and it what it means to them. These
are some of the responses we’ve had this year;

“I can trust the teachers here and I can talk about my feelings – they’ll help me
                                                 when I need them to.” P7 pupil

 “School is a fun place to be. I learn things without really knowing…I enjoy my
                          lessons and they make us think on our own.” P5 pupil

“Everyone joins in at Victoria Primary. We all have fun and we help each other
      when we need it. Sometimes we help each other in the playground and
        sometimes we help each other in the class so we get better.” P4 pupil

 “I feel safe at school. It’s like a second home because we all know each other
        so well and we trust each other. It’s like having another family.” P6 pupil

  “We know it’s ok to make mistakes at school – we use them to get better and
                    to learn more so we don’t keep making mistakes.” P5 pupil

Our values at Victoria Primary School and Early Learning and Childcare
Centre are;
                                    Valued
                                   Inclusive
                                  Community
                                    Thriving
                                      On
                                   Respect
                                Innovation and
                                 Achievement

We promote positive behaviour through a variety of classroom strategies such
as recognition boards, where we celebrate those children that are trying their
hardest and doing their best. We also have Hot Chocolate Friday with the
Headteacher where those pupils that have gone ‘above and beyond’ have the
opportunity to be recognised for their efforts. During school assemblies, class
teachers nominate Stars of the Week and these pupils are praised for positive
behaviour choices as well as excellent effort in their work.

Victoria Primary School and Early Learning and Childcare Centre follow
nurturing principles where we understand why children might be having a
difficult time and the impact this has on their ability to engage positively all of
the time. Our aim is to support children and families through solution focused
approaches to ensure positive outcomes for all.
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Section Three – School Curriculum
Curriculum for Excellence
Curriculum For Excellence – Learning to Achieve
• Learning to Achieve - Our core educational policy.
This describes in detail how Curriculum for Excellence will be delivered in our
educational establishments. We use Learning to Achieve along with the national
guidance to monitor, develop and improve outcomes for children and young people.
• Curriculum for Excellence – Bringing learning to life and life to learning.
Curriculum for Excellence is the vehicle by which we deliver a Quality Education
across the 4 Contexts of Learning. It aims to raise standards, prepare our
children for a future they do not yet know and equip them for jobs of tomorrow in a
fast changing world.
Curriculum for Excellence balances the importance of knowledge and skills. Every
child is entitled to a broad and deep general education, whatever their level and
ability. It develops skills for learning, life and work, bringing real life into the
classroom, making learning relevant and helping young people apply lessons to their
life beyond the classroom. It links knowledge in one subject area to another helping
make connections in their learning. It develops skills which can enable children to
think for themselves, make sound judgements, challenge, enquire and find solutions.

• Responsibility of all
Every single teacher and practitioner will be responsible for the development of
literacy and numeracy and health & well-being from Early Level through to Senior
Phase.
Teachers and practitioners will share information to plan a child’s learning journey
from 3-18, helping their progression from nursery to primary, primary to secondary
and beyond, ensuring each transition is smooth. They’ll ensure children continue to
work at a pace they can cope with and with challenge they can thrive on.
There is an entitlement to personal support to help young people fulfil their potential
and make the most of their opportunities with additional support wherever that’s
needed. There is an emphasis by all staff on looking after our children’s health and
well-being; to ensure that the school is a place where children feel safe and secure.
GLOW, Scotland’s unique, world leading, online network supports learners and
teachers. Learners have individual access to GLOW through a username and
password issued by school.
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At Victoria Primary School and Early Learning and Childcare Centre, we
celebrate diversity and inspire all young learners to ‘Try, believe and Achieve’
success. We are an inclusive and nurturing learning community and quality
learning and teaching is at the heart of all that we do.

• Developing the Young Workforce
Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) is a seven-year programme that aims to
better prepare children and young people from 3–18 for the world of work. This
programme builds on the foundations already in place as part of Curriculum for
Excellence.
Collaborative working between primary and secondary alongside partnership
working builds on your child’s experiences in primary school through secondary
school. Curriculum planning and structures in schools have continued to evolve
progressively as new qualifications have been introduced alongside traditional
subjects. There is now on offer a wide range of opportunities for young people to
develop their employability skills, gain experiences of the world of work and
incorporate work-based learning elements together with employers to explore direct
pathways into employment.

 Core to pupils education and future life chances are well developed literacy and
 numeracy skills, these are an important focus. In addition your child will
 experience science, Expressive Arts-art & design, music, PE & drama,
 interdisciplinary topics-historical, geographical or technological based, health &
 well being, ICT.

Please contact the headteacher if you would like any further information about the
curriculum within our school.
For further information on Learning in Scotland please access the following link:
https://education.gov.scot/parentzone/learning-in-scotland

Active Learning
Curriculum for Excellence emphasises the value of an active learning approach.
Active learning is engagement of the brain whilst participating in learning
opportunities. In the early years, children will have a range of learning experiences
that include planned and purposeful play and stimulating learning which engages
and challenges children’s thinking using real life and imaginary situations. As
children progress through school they continue to be involved in active learning
experiences which give them ownership of their own learning, encourage co-
operative working and utilise skills required for learning, life and work.
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